Pat Leahy, Opinion /

Pat Rabbitte: Enda Kenny can hardly refuse Fianna Fáil – whatever the cost may be

Pat Rabbitte: Enda Kenny can hardly refuse Fianna Fáil – whatever the cost may be

The grand coalition is certain, if not immediate

Election 2016: Pat Leahy’s election diary

Election 2016: Pat Leahy’s election diary

The election campaign that we never got, schadenfreude at the demise of Labour, and TDs with holes in their bank accounts

Election 2016: Leaders' debate does little to change the big picture

Election 2016: Leaders' debate does little to change the big picture

The election campaign remains deadlocked with no apparent alternative government in sight

Pat Leahy's campaign diary

Pat Leahy's campaign diary

Auction politics, promises of tax cuts, promises of spending increases . . . plus ça change

Pat Leahy: decisive moment in campaign might not arrive until the new Dáil meets

Pat Leahy: decisive moment in campaign might not arrive until the new Dáil meets

No campaign was ever decided in the first week

Pat Leahy: Michael Lowry, the parish pump, Liveline and the banking inquiry

Pat Leahy: Michael Lowry, the parish pump, Liveline and the banking inquiry

TDs will do what people want them to do

Pat Leahy: When we do it, it’s called getting the right person for the job.

Pat Leahy: When we do it, it’s called getting the right person for the job.

When you do it, it’s cronyism

Pat Leahy: The next economic shock could be just around the corner

Pat Leahy: The next economic shock could be just around the corner

This is something we should all consider as we head into the general election campaign

Pat Leahy: Stability versus chaos is a transparent election wheeze by the coalition parties

Pat Leahy: Stability versus chaos is a transparent election wheeze by the coalition parties

Why is everyone – including the opposition – buying into it?

Pat Leahy: The politics of prosperity can be a difficult business

Pat Leahy: The politics of prosperity can be a difficult business

There is no linear relationship between economic growth and government approval

Pat Leahy: The government shouldn’t get carried away yet

Pat Leahy: The government shouldn’t get carried away yet

There are several factors that could yet derail the train to re-election

Pat Leahy: Appeal for change is strong in the Irish electorate

Pat Leahy: Appeal for change is strong in the Irish electorate

Politicians need to show voters what power really means

Pat Leahy: Voters often take the politicians’ side anyway

Pat Leahy: Voters often take the politicians’ side anyway

There are many examples of Irish politicians who have survived after abusing their office

Pat Leahy: We can have a traditional election campaign with something for everyone,

Pat Leahy: We can have a traditional election campaign with something for everyone,

Or we can face up to real choices..we can’t do both

Pat Leahy: The surging economy has changed the political context

Pat Leahy: The surging economy has changed the political context

That is no guarantee of success for the coalition, but it is a massive advantage